Brazil’s World Cup, which lasts a month, is different from the rest. The most popular sport on the planet will play out in 12 cities across Brazil, unlike previous tournaments that were held in single country-sized venues. Though soccer matches are traditionally played every day, the 32 teams will play just four games a day during this year’s event, giving the host nation a chance to celebrate each victory.
Brazil is also home to some of the most passionate fans, better known as “torcedores” in Portuguese-speaking Brazil and “fans” in English-speaking countries.
Here’s a glimpse at how they show their support:
Waving flags and banners:
Fans displaying these during a soccer match are commonplace at any stadium. But some Brazilians take it to extremes, with giant inflatable dolls on sticks and huge flag-shaped balloons dominating the crowd’s visual landscape.
The South African instrument of choice for “The Beautiful Game” was almost banned from the World Cup in 2010. Brazilians took up the horn-like plastic instrument and their national team’s coach Dunga came out against it saying: “Vuvuzelas had no place in football.” But fans loved them so much, FIFA decided to let them off with a warning.
As the 2014 World Cup approached, several Brazilian fans were caught on camera in their underwear or with their pants down at the back during live television coverage of friendly matches. The country’s sports minister Aldo Rebelo even said that some had “behaved badly.” This led to a media discussion about whether this was acceptable behavior or just plain vulgar.
Why Brazilian soccer is famous?
Brazilian soccer is famous in Brazil and around the world for its samba rhythms, its late-night games in front of seas of passionate fans, and for the allure of the country’s many beaches, warm weather, and relaxed culture.
Brazil’s official soccer team is as popular as Brazil itself. Brazilians will think of their country as one entity when they root for the national team, more than the sum of its parts. Brazil has won five World Cup titles — more than any other nation. But Brazil hasn’t won the World Cup since 2002.
Who is the best player on the Brazilian team?
The Brazilian team is led by star striker Neymar, who plays for FC Barcelona in Spain and has scored more than 50 goals with the national team during his short career. The 22-year-old also plays on one of Brazil’s biggest clubs, Santos, where he began his career as a teenager.
Brazil’s Neymar is one of the best players in the world today and has the potential to be a major star at this year’s World Cup. He will miss some matches due to injury, but Brazilians say they’re confident their team will maintain its strength despite being without the popular forward.
Neymar is a major celebrity in Brazil, and his battles for soccer supremacy have become the stuff of legend among young children. But kids don’t just want to emulate Neymar’s skills on the field — they also want to be like him off the field. For them, Neymar is a role model.
Brazil’s World Cup is different from another world cup because of its samba rhythms, late-night games in front of seas of passionate fans, and the allure of the country’s many beaches, warm weather, and relaxed culture.
Brazil’s official soccer team is as popular as Brazil itself so they root for their country as one entity when they to the national team more than the sum of its parts. Brazil has won five World Cup titles — more than any other nation and its star striker Neymar is one of the best players in the world today and has the potential to be a major star at this year’s World Cup. But it will miss some matches due to injuries so they are confident their team will maintain its strength despite Neymar being gone.